I am very interested in being able to hold a field meeting on behalf of the BENHS in two quite distinct areas of Madrid province: Ciempozuelos (600m) in the sub-desertic Tagus valley SW of the Spanish capital, whilst Tres Cantos (720m) is NW of the city on alluvial soils amongst schlerophyllous holm oak Woodland Quercus ilex ballota in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
One very important aspect of this two-day-two-night field meeting is that collecting permission would need to be obtained from the local authorities so it’s vital that all participants are either members of the BENHS or equivalent or that they work at universities (or equivalent).
If you don’t wish to collect but simply wish to observe or take photographs then the permit is irrelevant.
The main objective of the field trip would be to observe and collect the Lepidoptera during the day or with a light trap (s). However, there’s no reason why other insect orders could not be additionally covered as long as this is stated so that it can be included in the permit. Obviously, ornithologists and botanists would also be welcome!
An article on the results of the field trips is an objective.
Transport & accommodation:
I would envisage people arriving at Madrid Barajas-Adolfo Suarez airport where they could be met, but others might want to drive down from the UK. How people do arrive though would influence whether it might be necessary to hire a car (I don’t drive) or whether flying in might be combined with using local public transport (this is possible) to get to the sites.
However, lightness of traps and equipment would govern whether this would be feasible. Accommodation can be arranged beforehand. There’s a hotel, for example, in Tres Cantos, five minutes from the site. But other opportunities can be explored.
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